What year are you?
Sophomore

Where are you from?
Panama (the country, not the city in Florida)

How did you end up here at Penn State?
It was among the schools I applied for that were good at Engineering, and I got in...so yeah. Could not be happier :)

What is your Major? Minor? Why?
Industrial Engineering with a double minor in Econ and Math, and I have chosen this major because I love how one can use math and different scientific tools in optimizing systems and making them more efficient. I am a total nerd that loves math, who also recently found a love for Macroeconomics and the way the world economy works, so I felt like engineering is the right road for me. I also like fixing problems.

What are your hobbies and interests?
I am a total movie buff. I watch everything and anything, except horror because I am too much of a scary cat. I also love to read, draw, paint and photography. Food is always good too.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I have the whole ending monologue of Pulp Fiction given by the great Samuel L. Jackson memorized. Am working to memorize other memorable ending monologues.

Where do you hope to see yourself ten years from now?
Successful... That would be great.

What are you most proud of?
A really hard painting I did once for my grandmother of her cat. Not to brag but it looks like an actual picture (took me more than 20hrs)

What is your favorite movie?
Dead Poet Society is my favorite movie, but close seconds are Inception, Lord of the Rings Return of the King, Dirty Dancing, Rogue 1, and Tangled.

Why did you decide to get involved with THON?
I didn't know about THON before Penn State, so when I heard of it I thought it was a worthy cause to participate in.

How did you end up joining Springfield?
My mentor was an exec and told me he loved it, so I went to an ice-cream social early on to meet some of the members and I felt like it was a good fit, so I went to the first meeting.

What is your favorite thing about Springfield?
The people and kindness

What is your favorite Springfield memory?
On my first canning trip, in Buffalo NY, when we had our final brunch before driving back. We ate at this breakfast place called Break an Egg or something like that I can't fully remember, but I remember some of the team was canning outside of this place, so we met up with them and got a table with our weird onesies and outfits. We were already sort of late, so we chugged the huge delicious omelettes and pancakes, as we wondered why this place served their juice in a cup that was inside a bowl (weird right?) and laughed and sort of had our last moment before the canning trip ended. It was really fun and I will never forget it.

If you could describe Springfield in one word, what would it be?
Unique

What impact has Springfield had on you and your college experience?
It was where I made some of my first friends and had many of my firsts regarding THON. First canning trip, first final four, first THON total. When I was new, confused and lonely, Springfield was a place where I was assured I could feel safe, and be myself. Springfield was a place of firsts for me, and as cliche as it may sound, you can hardly ever have an amazing journey without a great start.

Why do you THON?
Because kids deserve to be happy and healthy

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